TNT Orders Three Scripted Pilots

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September 7th, 2012

via press release:


TNT has ordered pilots for three scripted drama series: King and Maxwell, a new scripted drama based on bestselling author David Baldacci‘s popular private-investigator characters; Legends, a suspenseful, action-packed drama based on a novel by Robert Littell; and Trooper, a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama about a divorced mother of three working as a state trooper.

TNT now has four scripted pilots heading into production. In July, TNT ordered a pilot for the action-packed drama series The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley and executive-produced by Michael Bay.

The following are descriptions of TNT’s three new pilots:

King and Maxwell follows Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, who aren’t the typical pair of private investigators. Both are former secret service agents, and their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) often gives them a leg up on suspects and conventional law enforcement.

King and Maxwell is adapted from characters created by bestselling author David Baldacci. The pilot is being produced for TNT by CBS Television Studios and Shane Brennan Productions, with Shane Brennan (NCIS, NCIS: LA) as executive producer and Karen Spiegel (Absolute Power) and Grant Anderson (Third Watch) as producers. Baldacci serves as a consultant on the project.

Legends centers on a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is.

Legends is based on a book by master spy novelist Robert Littell. It comes to TNT from Fox 21, with Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor, The Day After Tomorrow), Alexander Cary (Homeland, Lie to Me) and Jonathan Levin (Charmed) serving as executive producers.

Trooper is a compelling procedural drama about a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. Her partner on the job is a widowed father who has a much more by-the-book approach to policing.

Trooper comes to TNT from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI series, Without a Trace, Cold Case) and Jonathan Littman (CSI series, Without a Trace, Cold Case) serving as executive producers. KristieAnne Reed (Dark Blue) is co-executive producer. The script is by Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes, The River).

  • Matt

    trooper was originally scripted for CBS

  • The Situation Room with Barf Witzer

    King and Maxwell was also originally for CBS, and Legends for NBC.

  • Nick

    All of them look OK. Nothing spectacular. Trooper seems like an excellent fit for Perception, and King & Maxwell a good fit for Rizzoli & Isles. But TNT doesn’t need more of those damn ampersands!

  • Ram510

    So TNT orders more of the same, great

  • Aces N 8s

    TNT has found some good fits for their other shows now they need to find a soap to go with Dallas.

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>> TNT has ordered pilots for three scripted drama series <<<

    I was hoping one of those pilots was Capt. "Sully" Sullivan, but he prefers to ad-lib and not to read from a script. ;-)

  • James

    So is F&B canceled…seems like it.

  • david

    I agree King and Maxwell would go good with R and I. Maybe Legends would go good with perception or Trooper. Not sure about that pairing.

  • Sid

    So has TNT officially passed on LA Noire?

  • SQ

    legends seems a little more interesting than the other two. But all three just seem like more cop shows.

  • Darcy

    I was secretly hoping one would be a Knots Landing reboot from the title. :-\

  • scifi

    Is Legends sort of scifi?

  • tv#1

    King and Maxwell may be okay, but I doubt it. The rest of them just sound like typical cop shows. Nothing really appealing, at least not to me. I wish TNT would develop more series like Falling Skies or Dallas. Those are really the only good original series they have had on their network over the past 5-10 years.

  • Bearkg

    So wait…they now have 4 shows they are working on for pilots, what does this mean for Franklin and Bash? Has there been an official announcement yet on that show?

  • Holly


    Pilots aren’t pick-ups. It’s possible only one of these will make it to air.

    Also, cable nets rarely have a situation where they have to chose between two shows. If they like both, they just schedule more hours of originals.

  • Meg

    Legends: “…Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when…”

    Dear TNT: Couldn’t we just have a third Pretender movie instead?

  • Bearkg


    I understand what you are saying. TNT could see the pilots for these 4 shows and not pick any of them up, pick just 1 of them up, or pick up all 4 if they wanted to. My point was mainly that I haven’t heard or read about a decision on Franklin and Bash, and with TNT greenlighting 4 pilots, it makes me wonder if F&B will be on the chopping block.

  • The End

    As long as this doesn’t effect Season 3 of Falling Skies, i.e it being renewed for a Season 4, it’s all good.

    Along with Dallas, its one of few shows currently in production for TNT at the moment.

  • Leverage-Fan

    This sounds NOT good for Leverage! :(

  • Chris

    None of these shows are comedies. FB is safe.

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